Allison "Allie" Johnson is a pop culture fan from a small town in Northeast Texas who started as an art major at her local community college. However, she ultimately graduated from Texas A&M University - Texarkana with a BA in History and a BA in English in May 2017. Through participating in the university honors college program, Allie started creating traditional and visual essays for honors projects. In particular, Allie discovered the theory of Deconstruction and often used the works of Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and others to respond to various objects of media. In particular, she discussed various characters' zombie terminology in The Walking Dead, Conor Oberst's ever-changing image as an act of author-sacrifice, author-sacrifice in the modern musical and the unique case of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, and traces of life, loss, and language in That Dragon, Cancer. Each of these projects came from a love of two things - deconstruction and a fandom. She pulled research topics from her favorite fandoms in video games, YouTube, Broadway, television, music, and movies. Now, Allie has decided to study in the MA in Media Studies program at UT-Austin to discover more connections between fandom and academia. Her research interests include: critical theory as it applies to media, fan culture and fandom studies, and the emerging field of digital humanities, but she cannot wait to discover all that the media studies program has to offer. In her free time, like any other fan, Allie writes fanfiction, blogs about television shows and movies on Tumblr, and dreams about SDCC, E3, Walker Stalker, and other awesome fan conventions.